ARC Submits Reports to UN Human Rights Council Review on Maldives

15 September 2014, Male’: ARC today submitted two reports to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in preparation for the upcoming review of the human rights situation in the Maldives by the Human Rights Council.

The two reports; a joint reportbased on children with disabilities and the second report focusing on the rights of the child will provide an in-depth analysis into the challenges and gaps in the country’s child protection system as well as progress on the implementation of Maldives’ own commitments to improve child rights in the country.

The report on children with disabilities is a joint report submitted by CAN DO (Child Advocacy Network for Disability Organisations) a networkestablished by ARC, which consists of eight NGOs operating in the area of persons with disabilities. ARC itself had also submitted various recommendations to be made to the State under Review on how to improve the rights of children in the country, and how to adhere and respect Maldives’ own legal obligations under international human rights law, specifically the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The UPR (Universal Periodic Review) is a unique peer-review process, which provides a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States, and is conducted under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council. The Maldives was first reviewed in November 2010 and subsequently submitted its Mid-term Assessment on the progress of implementation of agreed recommendations in July 2013. The Maldives is due to be reviewed under the second cycle of the UPR in 2015 and ARC has submitted its reports as an important stakeholder in the country with a special focus on the rights of the child.